Organization Mission:

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to protect, manage, and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Position Summary:

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) is a Congressionally designated footpath and surrounding narrow corridor, protected by the National Trails System Act of 1968. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) works closely with 30 maintaining clubs, two federal agencies, and 14 state governments. ATC seeks an energetic, adaptable, patient, and self-motivated individual to join its team to assist in the locating and digitization of important records relating to the management of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST).

The appointment is a full-time position for the remainder of 2022. Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and writing sample, sent to [email protected] by September 12th.  The position is open until filled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A.T. Management Records Intern will support the efforts of the Director of Federal Policy and the Volunteer Program Director in centralizing, digitizing, and making available Local Management Plans  (LMPs), legal agreements, and other not-yet-digitized management documents.

The intern will be operating mostly independently, spending most of their time in Harpers Ferry, WV, home to ATC and the ANST Park Office and ATC’s archives located in Fairfax, VA. Over the course of the position, the intern will be exposed to a variety of topics relating to the Cooperative Management System (CMS) of the ANST, as well as issues relating to public lands management more generally. The capstone of the project is to produce a centralized electronic resource of existing legal agreements by the conclusion of the internship.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying all LMPs and legal agreements in ATC’s possession.
  • Working with the local Trail-Maintaining Clubs to obtain all LMPs that ATC does not currently possess.
  • Identifying all state and federal legal agreements currently in force in ATC’s possession as well as those agreements which ATC must obtain a copy of.
  • Working as possible with the staff of George Mason University to identify, sort, and digitize those of ATC’s management archives within the University’s possession.
  • Using a scanning application to digitize records.
  • Being available, as needed, and within reason, for other records-related tasks.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with academic, non-profit, and government partners.
  • Professional level written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience building and maintaining a website or online library is preferred.
  • Viable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
  • Highly organized self-starter who can work with minimal supervision and successfully complete the project.

Physical demands

  • Working on the computer or mobile phone for prolonged periods.
  • Ability to lift and move boxes of paper archives that may weigh as much as 50 pounds.
  • Ability to read both paper and electronic archives.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals by phone, e-mail, and in person.
  • Sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Ability to travel between on-site locations in: Fairfax, VA, Harpers Ferry, WV, Carlisle, PA and Washington, DC.

Location: Work from home in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, or the West Virginia panhandle, and at ATC offices and archives location in Fairfax, VA, Harpers Ferry, WV, Carlisle, PA, and Washington, DC.

ATC Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness with all employees and volunteers to enable participation and contributions to their fullest potential.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization, and recognize that diversity contributes to an effective and successful organizational culture and mission.

The ATC prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, political affiliation, union membership, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the locations where we operate.